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by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz After over 15 years with the Salem Police Department, Shawn Patten has now been officially named the department’s new Deputy Chief. Having climbed through the
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ranks since 2000, when Patten was promoted to Sergeant, he has learned much about the various positions and the inner workings of the department and what kind of a leader he aspired to be in the future. The climbing of the ranks continued for Patten as he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and then promoted again to Captain (Operations Commander) in 2007. So what is it that made Shawn Patten’s career so successful? Support. That was the one word he stood by while looking back on the 15 years of his career. “A person in this line of work needs to be supported. I have had the support of the entire department, but without my family and especially my wife, Paula, none of this would be possible. Paula has been there through all the good and the bad. She is very active in the community with children and with the schools and for her to deal with and put up with all she does, raising the kids, doing her community work, and me being called out on weekends, working late or extra hours and supporting me to the fullest extent is remarkable to me. I couldn’t do this without her,” Patten said. Shawn and Paula just celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary recently. Behind every good man is an even better woman. Shawn said that it’s kind of funny to be a boss at work and then go home and answer to the boss at home. Shawn has a very active family that includes three children. For
five years now, Shawn has been active in coaching youth sports— both baseball and soccer. Shawn was a young man when his career began as a patrol
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the force about a year and a half when a heartbreaking tragedy occurred in Salem—the double murder of Kimberly Farrah, 18, and Leeann Millius, 17, at Hedgehog Pond. The horrific crime chilled the community and left so many with broken hearts. Patten was assigned to the scene for several hours on September 13, 1997, and really had never experienced anything like that until then. “I was a very young patrol officer at that time and to see something like that, so awful, and the girls were so young, so early in an officer’s career … that is something I will never be able to forget,” Patten said. Just a few years later, the entire department felt the loss of one of their own. Patrol officer Ted Anagnos, officer #99, was struck and killed by a vehicle in Lowell that was being pursued by Lowell police. Ted was young and a very good friend to many on the force. Patten says that tragedy had a significant impact on the entire police department and himself.
continued to page 7- New Deputy Scout Breaks Ground on Eagle Project Honoring Soldiers by Jay Hobson Eagle Scout candidate
Danny Stacey wants to build a memorial to fallen soldiers from all branches of the military at Pine Grove Cemetery, and his project took another step closer to completion with a ground- breaking last week. The project, a golden ribbon
of brick similar in shape to ribbons worn in support of our troops around a central flagpole and bordered by granite monuments honoring each branch of the military, will be located in the veterans’ section of the cemetery. “This is something I wanted to do to honor the soldiers from all branches of the service,” Stacey said.
Stacey is in the midst of a
fundraising campaign and is selling bricks with the donor’s name engraved on them. To help accomplish his fundraising goal, he held a dunk tank booth at the Independence Day festivities at Grant Field. Stacey estimates that it will take approximately 35,000 bricks to complete the “ribbon” around the flagpole. Department of Public Works Director Rick Russell was on hand and is helping Stacey with his project. “This is a great thing. To honor all servicemen
and women with this particular memorial is a great thing,” Russell said. Selectman Pat Hargreaves, who has been
involved with Scouting for decades, also took part in the ground-breaking. “Danny has worked really hard on this [project]
and it’s nice to see it taking shape,” Hargreaves said. To donate towards the project, Stacey can be reached at 893-9202.
officer with Salem Police Department. At age 23, he was hired and brought onto the force. He had just earned his Bachelor’s degree with a Major in criminal justice and a Minor in psychology from University of Massachusetts-Lowell. His career took off from there. He enjoyed the work he did and admired the community he served, which is why he moved here—to make Salem his place to call home. He also served with the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (SNSOU) for nine years doing a little bit of everything the unit does. He served both in tactical and crisis negotiation roles. He very much enjoyed his time with the SNSOU and remains active with them today in a support role as Chief Donovan is Secretary of the Special Operations Unit Council. Patten represents him on that council.
With the good also comes the bad. Patten had only been on
Bernard H. Campbell (“Bernie”) is President and Managing Director of Beaumont and Campbell Professional Association, the law firm he founded in 1993. He is a life-long resident of Salem; graduating from Salem High School in 1974 and obtaining his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1980 while commuting daily from Salem, where he was still working on the family farm on Brady Avenue. He grew up in a family dedicated to public service in Salem; his mother, Marilyn Campbell, was a 20-year State Representative,
Selectman and Scouting supporter Pat Hargreaves, Eagle Scout Candidate Danny Stacey, and DPW Director Rick Russell turn the first shovels of earth to begin Stacey’s project
Steve Labrecque of Labrecque Landscaping donates his time and machinery
Danny Stacey directs the heavy equipment into place
submitted by Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce attorney Bernard H. Campbell of Beaumont and Campbell Professional Association as this year’s recipient of their most prestigious honor, the William A. Brown Distinguished Businessperson Award. This award is presented to an individual who, by a single act or through a variety of activities, has enhanced the business environment of this community.
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while his father, Bernard W. M. Campbell, served on the School Board for 30 years. Bernie is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and currently serves as Chairman of the Bar Legislation Committee. He has served as legal counsel to the New Hampshire Tax Collectors Association for over 20 years, and has served as Town Counsel for the Town of Windham for over 25 years. Bernie has a long history of community service to the Town of Salem, having served in the past as: Board member and President of Salem Dollars for Scholars; Board member of
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SARC Housing Needs Board, Inc.; and as a member of the Salem Planning Board from 1986 to 1996, serving at least twice as Chairman. He has served as a Deputy Town Moderator since 1985, and in 1997, following the passing of his father, Bernie became a member of the Salem School Board and has served in that capacity since that time, serving at least three times as Board Chairman.
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Governor Lynch Signs into Law Bridge to Fallen Soldiers
Gov. Lynch signs into law the bill naming the Cross St. Bridge for Staff Sgt. Edmond L. Lo, Cpl. Nicholas Arvanitis, and Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Moscillo
by Jay Hobson Governor John Lynch signed into law last Wednesday a bill that
allows for the naming of the renovated Cross Street Bridge in honor of three fallen soldiers. “The loss of these three young men has hit the community very hard here in Salem,” Lynch said. Lynch noted the diversity of interests of the soldiers and also their
camaraderie of purpose. “Nicholas was a talented musician and a friend to many, Robert
was a sports fanatic who was a member of the Salem High School wrestling team and helped to uphold that school’s very proud tradition, and Edmond was a gifted student and a natural leader in ROTC. These were three distinct individuals, but they shared a common desire to serve our great country, to help others, and to protect our freedom with courage and bravery. Each was dedicated to his community, to his country, and to his family,” Lynch said. Corporal Nicholas L Arvanitis, 22, was killed October 6, 2006,
while on a mission near Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq. Staff Sergeant Edmond Lo, 23, was killed June 13, 2009, while he
was trying to neutralize a bomb in Samarra, Iraq. Marine Lance Corporal Robert Moscillo, 21, was killed, May 1,
2006, by an improvised explosive device in the Al Anbar province in Iraq after being in Iraq for 10 weeks. He had been in the Marines since 2005.
Standing under an awning against the bright, afternoon sun, Lynch
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invited the Mascillo, Lo, and Arvanitis families to join him as he sat down to sign the bill into law. With the mothers of the three soldiers standing beside him, Lynch signed the bill into law using three pens and when he had finished, he gave each mother a pen. The bridge is state property and, therefore, a series of events had to take place before Wednesday’s signing. According to State Representative Ronald Belanger interviewed prior to the signing, permission had to be sought from the families to have their loved ones’ names so honored. “From there, a bill had to be introduced in Concord and a committee formed. From the committee, it went to the House to be voted on and once passed, it went to the Senate. When it was approved by the Senate, the bill went to the governor and he’ll sign it today,” Belanger said.
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